Modi’s address to nation was again nothing but empty talk: Congress

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s address to the nation was again today nothing but empty talk, alleged the main opposition party Congress.

“The PM addressed the nation in the middle of a full blown catastrophe. He was expected to tell the nation as to what has the government done in terms of increasing beds in hospitals, increasing Oxygen out put and streamlining supplies, making drugs like Remdesivir and Tocilizumab available, increasing the number of Ventilators and enhancing vaccination,” AICC General Secretary Ajay Maken said in a statement.

According to Congress, however, PM chose to relinquish all his responsibilities and put the onus of saving India on NGOs, Youth and Baal Mitras.

“He put the onus of doing whatever little possible on state governments and that also by practically advising them to not implement lockdowns,” said Ajay Maken.

He went on to say: “The Nation is going through an unprecedented and deadly crisis. It is taking days to first get the tests conducted and then the results take another two to three days. There are no beds in the hospitals, those hospitalised are not able to get life saving drugs or something as basic as Oxygen. Common drugs are being black marketed and most hospitals in the country have just hours of Oxygen supply left. People are dying in queues and on streets-crematoria and graveyards can’t accommodate the people dying.”

Congress also raised the issues of migrant labourers.

“Migrant labour is yet again forced into reverse migration as state after state is being left with no option but imposing a lockdown,” read the statement.

In his speech, Prime Minister Narendra Modi Tuesday emphasised that lockdown should be the last resort and urged the state governments to focus more on micro-containment zones.

His address to the nation came on a day the country reported a record 1,761 deaths in the last 24 hours.